Dentist near Redwood City, CA describes the process of dental implants and what to expect
Dr. Shivani Gupta and the dedicated staff at the Peninsula Dental Implant Center are available to assist patients who are interested in learning more about tooth replacement options such as dental implants. Our dentist is available to speak to patients about the process of dental implant placement and what to expect.
What is a dental implant?
First, Dr. Shivani Gupta will speak to patients about dental implants and their purpose. Patients may find that dental implants are a reliable option for their smile after tooth loss has occurred. While other restorations are available, including dentures and bridges, dental implants are the gold standard. These titanium posts are placed by an implant dentist into the bone of the jaw to act as a tooth root replacement. The post is then restored on top using the restoration of the patient’s choice based on their specific needs.
What is the process of obtaining a dental implant?
The process of obtaining a dental implant starts with an evaluation with Dr. Shivani Gupta. The assessment will include x-rays to check if patients have sufficient jawbone for a successful surgery. Without enough jawbone, the implant itself cannot adequately adhere to the bone through a process of bone growth called osseointegration. This can cause the operation to be unsuccessful. Once the evaluation is complete, patients consult with the dentist to understand the process of treatment. It starts with an appointment to place the dental implant during oral surgery. This is done with proper sedation and anesthetics. The implant is placed into the bone, and the gum tissue is sutured and allowed to heal. Over several weeks, bone growth occurs and wraps around the implant to stabilize it into the foundation of the jaw. Then, patients arrive back at the dental office for another examination and to discuss restorative solutions. Dental implants can be used along with:
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Full dentures
What can I expect from dental implant surgery?
It is essential to understand that the surgery to place the dental implant is still a surgical procedure and comes with the risks of any surgical treatment. However, when visiting a dentist who has provided thousands of dental implants over the last decade, most complications are avoided. Patients who have a dental implant placed will have to strictly follow their post-operative care suggestions to reduce the risk of failure and infection. Patients may need to visit the dentist during their healing process for a quick observation with our team. When the osseointegration process is complete, the dental implant can be restored using restorations discussed before surgery.
Are dental implants reliable?
Absolutely! Dr. Shivani Gupta is pleased to provide patients with dental implants as one of the most effective and reliable solutions for tooth loss. The dental implant is desirable because it is more permanent than alternative options, including dental bridges and dentures. The dental implant requires minimal special care to maintain and can work in favor of patients who may otherwise have difficulty maintaining dentures or bridges that are removable and require extra attention. Dental implants also preserve bone structure, which reduces the risk of losing the dental implant or other surrounding teeth. When patients take into consideration the many advantages of dental implants, they are often excited to move forward with this treatment. Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, and are indistinguishable from the natural teeth in the smile. Patients can finally repair their smile to enjoy their favorite foods without having to worry about a denture falling out or becoming loose during a social event with friends and family. Dental implants are highly desirable by patients seeking permanent repair to their smile.
Request an appointment with Dr. Shivani Gupta today!
Patients near Redwood City and San Carlos, CA are welcome to schedule a visit with Dr. Shivani Gupta of Peninsula Dental Implants Center to learn more about the process of obtaining dental implants and what can be expected of treatment. We welcome new and existing patients to contact the office at (650) 232-7650 and speak to our team about the options available for smile restoration following tooth loss. Dental implants are a highly recommended solution for many of our patients and are at the forefront of our practice’s mission and goals.
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